2016 Annual Assembly: Year of Mercy


Thank you for attending the 2016 Annual Assembly!

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Questions? Email MCC Communications Director Jessica Vaughn.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 3.59.24 PMWorkshop Descriptions



Adult Schedule



Youth Schedule/Child Care



Transportation and Directions




Annual Assembly Flier-Please copy and share!


Keynote Speaker: Bishop Edward Rice, Springfield-Cape Girardeau

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The newly-installed Bishop of the Springfield/Cape Girardeau diocese, Bishop Edward Rice, believes in using prayer and a pastoral approach to best reach the people of his diocese. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson calls him, “A pastor first, one who carries the joy of the resurrected Christ into his daily ministry.” Since his ordination in 1987, Bishop Rice served the Archdiocese of St. Louis in many roles: as a priest, teacher, and most recently an auxiliary bishop. He spends much of his time praying in the chapel, and another good portion of his days helping others, whether it be a young man on his journey of discernment or a homeless man on his journey to find his next meal. As he transitions to his new role in the diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau, hear Bishop Rice tell of the importance of mercy in the lives of Catholics, and how he incorporates mercy into his priesthood.

Before his inauguration, Bishop Rice served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since his ordination in January 1987 by the late-Archbishop John L. May. During this time, he served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish (1987-1991); religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School while residing at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (1991-1995); Director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary (1995-2000); Pastor at St. John the Baptist (2000-2008); and Director of Vocations (2008-2010). He was appointed the title Reverend Monsignor in July 2008 and Auxiliary Bishop in December 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his episcopacy for the past five years, Bishop Rice served as vicar over five of the diocesan deaneries and overseen many of the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These include Vocations, Consecrated Life, Intercultural and Inter-religious Affairs, Priest Personnel, Child and Youth Protection, and the St. Charles Lwanga Center.


Youth Mock Legislature 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Below find the youth mock legislature packet with the bills that will be debated and instructions on how to participate. The Mock Legislature will be from 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the Senate Chamber, Third Floor, State Capitol. The three issues to be discussed include:

  • Eliminating Need for Concealed Carry Permits, Expanding “Stand Your Ground” Law
  • Requiring Photo lD to Vote
  • Thanksgiving Family Protection Act

The Mock Legislature is a fantastic opportunity designed especially for middle and high school students who wish to get first-hand experience of the legislative process. It has been designed to be a highly interactive workshop with students adopting the role of a State Senator and debating actual legislation, complete with the decorum and customs of the Missouri Senate. (Adult leaders will be on hand to facilitate the process and coach students.) A unique aspect of the MCC Mock Legislature is that students are asked to consider and apply Catholic social teachings to these public policy issues, just as the Church calls upon Catholic legislators to do.

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